by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: Ezekiel 23:1-49; Proverbs 27:13
READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Ezekiel 23:25 “And I will direct my jealousy against you, that they may deal with you in fury. They shall cut off your nose and your ears, and your survivors shall fall by the sword. They shall seize your sons and your daughters, and your survivors shall be devoured by fire”
In the Old Testament, God often used the idea of “jealousy” to describe His response to the persistent unfaithfulness of His people. Was God jealous because He was angry and insecure? God was definitely angry. However His anger stems from His righteousness and not so much as He had lost to a “rival”. Similarly, God’s jealousy stems not from any sense of insecurity; but from the wrong choices His people made for what rightly belongs to Him.
It is somewhat comforting to know that the Lord our God is a jealous God. It means He truly cares for His people; He is deeply concerned with our spiritual growth in Christ. In fact, God has the right to be jealous. Not just because our worship rightly belongs to Him; but also because He is the only way to salvation. I can be jealous if my children express much affection for someone outside the family. However, the nature of such jealousy will never be at the same domain as God’s jealousy because of who He is and what He stands for.
Lord, thank you for the reminder that You are a jealous God. You have the right to do so because everything belongs to You. You want to do so because of Your love for us and desire that we turn back to You when we fall. Indeed, help us to grow in the living out of the conviction that You are the only One, who is truly worthy of our worship. Amen.